Search Results: "Alan Bradley"


BOOK REVIEW

A RED HERRING WITHOUT MUSTARD by Alan Bradley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 8, 2011

"A splendid romp through 1950s England led by the world's smartest and most incorrigible preteen."
Oh, to be 11 again and pal around with irresistible wunderkind Flavia de Luce. Read full book review >

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THE GRAVE'S A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE by Alan Bradley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Despite a climactic attempt on her life, Bradley's unquenchable heroine brings 'the most complicated case I had ever come across' to a highly satisfying conclusion, with the promise of still brighter days ahead."
Now that both King George VI and her own beloved father have died (Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd, 2016, etc.), preteen sleuth/savant/troublemaker Flavia de Luce fears that she'll have to submit to the iron rule of her Aunt Felicity—but not before another "happy holiday" with murder intervenes. Read full book review >

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SPEAKING FROM AMONG THE BONES by Alan Bradley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"The Flavia bandwagon rolls on: Not only will she star in five more novels, but she'll also shine in several made-for-television films."
Irrepressible Flavia de Luce, the self-taught whiz kid who adores cyanide and has a soft spot for strychnine, confronts lead poisoning. Read full book review >

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THE WEED THAT STRINGS THE HANGMAN’S BAG by Alan Bradley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2010

"A gloriously eccentric cast of characters, from Flavia's dad, whose stamp collection is bankrupting the ancestral digs, to her sisters Ophelia and Daphne, who tell Flavia she was a foundling. There's not a reader alive who wouldn't want to watch Flavia in her lab concocting some nefarious brew."
Almost 11 and keen on poisons, Flavia de Luce gets a second chance to broaden her lethal knowledge. Read full book review >

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I AM HALF-SICK OF SHADOWS by Alan Bradley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"The plot's murderous aspects are on the skimpy side. But who can complain when that serial charmer Flavia (A Red Herring Without Mustard, 2011, etc.) is on hand, wreathed in Tennyson and Shakespeare?"
Flavia, the cheeky 11-year-old who knows her way around a sulfurous beaker, is at it again. Read full book review >

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THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE by Alan Bradley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 28, 2009

"Brilliant, irresistible and incorrigible, Flavia has a long future ahead of her. Bradley's mystery debut is a standout chock full of the intellectual asides so beloved by Jonathan Gash readers. It might even send budding sleuths to chemistry classes."
A precocious 11-year-old chemist confesses to murder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DEAD IN THEIR VAULTED ARCHES by Alan Bradley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Not much mystery and even less poison, but it's hard to resist either the genre's pre-eminent preteen sleuth or the hushed revelations about her family."
Poisoning prodigy Flavia de Luce's sixth brush with murder carries her back to the most consequential death of all: that of her long-missing mother, Harriet, whose returning corpse is promptly joined by another, fresher specimen. Read full book review >

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THRICE THE BRINDED CAT HATH MEW'D by Alan Bradley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Although she seems for quite a while to be relying on good contacts and good luck, Bradley's preteen heroine comes through in the end with a series of deductions so clever she wants to hug herself. So will you."
Banished from Miss Bodycote's Female Academy in far-off Toronto (As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, 2015, etc.) and sent back home to England, Flavia de Luce wants nothing more than to hug her beloved father. Fate has other plans. Read full book review >

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ALAN GRATZ
by Megan Labrise

To many Americans, the plight of refugees can seem remote—until you find their boat.

Middle-grade novelist Alan Gratz was vacationing in the Florida Keys when his family discovered an abandoned escape raft during a walk on the beach.

“It was clearly a raft from some other place in the Caribbean, trying to get to America,” says Gratz, whom Kirkus ...


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BOOK REVIEW

LOVE, MAMA by Jeanette Bradley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2017

"This will provide both reassurance to children missing their own loved ones and ideas for staying connected. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A package in the mail helps a baby penguin know that his mother loves him even though miles separate them. Read full book review >

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I KNOW SASQUATCH by Jess Bradley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Despite its clever multimedia illustrative style reminiscent of the Knuffle Bunny books, this forgettable story lacks the substance to recommend it beyond a cursory source of cuteness. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The truth about Sasquatch is revealed. Read full book review >

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IBN AL-HAYTHAM by Bradley Steffens
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 7, 2007

"Despite captions that are printed in red and therefore largely illegible, the many color pictures enhance this illuminating narrative with maps, diagrams, prints (including an old portrait of Muhammad) and images of illustrated manuscript pages. (index, multimedia resource lists) (Biography. 11-13)"
In this clearly written, carefully reasoned profile, Steffens not only traces the scantly documented life of one of early modern science's giants (better known in Europe as Alhazen), but also places him both within the broader contexts of early Muslim society, and of the whole history of science. Read full book review >